Manually Entering Survey Responses

Manual data entry allows you to input responses you collected offline or to add responses on behalf of someone without an internet connection. Essentially, you're filling out the survey the same way a respondent would if they were taking it online.

To add responses manually, you have two options:

  • Create a Manual Data Entry Collector for your survey to keep responses collected offline separate from other collectors.
  • Manually add responses to an existing Web Link or Social Media Collector*.

There isn't a way to upload or import a spreadsheet of responses in bulk—you must manually enter each response. In addition, you must have designed the survey in SurveyMonkey before you can create a collector and record responses.

*It's not possible to manually add responses to a Classic Facebook Wall Collector.

Manual Data Entry Collectors

To create a Manual Data Entry Collector:

  1. Go to the Collect Responses section of your survey.
  2. Choose Enter Survey Responses Manually and click Next. If you already have a collector for your survey, click Manual Data Entry from the bottom-right corner of the collector list.
  3. Click + New Response and fill out the survey.
  4. Make sure to click Done on the last page to record the survey response.

To add responses to an existing Manual Data Entry Collector, follow the steps below for the Web Link Collector.

Web Link & Social Media Collectors

To manually add responses to an existing Web Link or Social Media Collector:

  1. Go to the Collect Responses section of your survey.
  2. Click the name of the collector.
  3. In the top-right corner, click + Manual Data Entry.
  4. Click + New Response and fill out the survey.
  5. Make sure to click Done on the last page to record the survey response.
TIP! Enter multiple survey responses in a row by looping the survey back to the beginning upon completion. Then use the survey link found on the collector options page to take the survey rather than clicking + New Response.

Email Invitation Collectors

At this time, it's not possible to manually add a survey response for a recipient when using the Email Invitation Collector. Recipients must click the link from their email invitation and submit the survey. Or you can create a Web Link Collector to record the response on their behalf.

Manual Data Entry allows you to input responses you collected offline or to add responses on behalf of someone without an internet connection. There is no way to upload survey responses in bulk.

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